Curated by The Architecture Foundation, the annual John Edwards Lecture, this year entitled Original Form, addresses the relationship between architecture and related disciplines. The 2015 talk takes the form of a conversation between Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen of the Chilean art and architecture studio, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, and the distinguished architectural historian, Joseph Rykwert. Discussion focuses on the development of formal strategies in art and architecture, free from reference to established models.
Supported by the Francis Bacon Estate.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio established in Concepcion in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofa von Ellrichshausen. Mauricio Pezo completed a Masters in Architecture at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and has been awarded the Young Architect Prize by the Chilean Architects Association. Sofia von Ellrichshausen holds a degree in Architecture from the Universidad de Buenos Aires where she was distinguished with the FADU-UBA Honors Diploma. They teach regularly in Chile and have been Visiting Professors at The University of Texas at Austin and at Cornell University in New York. Their work has been awarded at the Iberoamerican Architecture Biennial, at the Chilean Architecture Biennial at the AR Awards for Emerging Architecture and has been selected for the 12th International Architecture Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia.
Joseph Rykwert CBE (born 1926) is Paul Philippe Cret Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, and one of the foremost architectural historians and critics of his generation. He was born in Warsaw and emigrated to England in 1939. Following his architectural studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association, he taught at Hammersmith School of Arts & Crafts and the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm before becoming Librarian and Tutor at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1967 he became Professor of Art at the newly-created University of Essex where he remained until 1981, when he was first Slade Professor in the Fine Arts at the University of Cambridge and later Reader in Architecture. Rykwert is the author of many influential works on architecture, including The Idea of a Town (1963), On Adam’s House in Paradise (1972), The Dancing Column (1996) and The Seduction of Place (2000). Joseph Rykwert is the 2014 recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal.
Matter is transformed into form and film, in a special collaboration with the Milano Design Film Festival and The Italian Project. Traditional craft meets contemporary cinema, as artist Ancarani choreographs a quarry and filmmaker Clerici intimately observes a century-old Milanese foundry.
There goes the neighborhood: the before and after of artist-led regeneration. Hartley’s hilarious satirical melodrama meets Friedrich’s devastating diary of development and despair, to chart a changing Williamsburg over 30 years. Followed by a Skype Q&A with Gut Rennovation director Su Friedrich.
A day long exploration of London's rapidly transforming periphery
The evening brings together architects from the UK and the Netherlands who share an approach to the practice of urban design.
An exploration of China through the lens of filmmaker, anthropologist, and researcher at Harvard's revered Sensory Ethnography Lab, J.P. Sniadecki, whose inventive and formally bold documentaries engage people, place and filmmaking itself as their subject.
A pair of films exploring the mechanised home, the internet of things and living in the Information Age. Featuring the work of design research collaborative Space Caviar, and a rare screening of a 1960s BBC drama, and followed by conversation with Joseph Grima, Simone Niquille and science-fiction legend Bruce Sterling.
This debate investigates the role of storytelling as an architectural tool led by a panel of architects and journalists working at the coalface of narrative weaving.
The Architecture Foundation is seeking applications for inclusion in a major publication surveying the best British architectural practices established in the past ten years.
London premiere of an award-winning early work from leading documentarian Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Our Daily Bread) exploring Chernobyl’s ‘zone of alienation’ through a portrait of the ghost town of Pripyat – abandoned since the 1986 nuclear disaster – and the people who live and work there.
Two leading auteur filmmakers, Jean-Luc Godard and Guy Maddin, respond with idiosyncratic brilliance to commissions to create filmic portraits of towns they have called home. Maddin's celebrated and singular 'surrealist mocumentary' explores the director's Canadian hometown. Godard's letter of refusal offers a concise essay on cinema, place and urban experience.
The UK premiere of a documentary tracing the life and work of the iconic (yet virtually unknown) Brazilian architect Sergio Bernardes. An incredible story of architecture, family and history traces his path from a playboy mid-century design-star to a radical futurist innovator, whose controversial ideas would eventually leave him bankrupt and forgotten. Introduced by Lisbon-based architect Pedro Costa, the screening will be folowed by a Skype Q&A between Costa and the directors of Bernardes.
A masterwork of avant-garde filmmaking, James Benning's Boogie Woogie surveys the industrial landscape of Milwaukee through 60 one minute vignettes. 27 years later Benning remade the film, charting the passage of time upon the urban environment and his protagonists.
A pair of films exploring the meeting of dreams with globalised realities, unfolding within fantastical stage sets of architectural facsimiles. Set in a Beijing themepark composed of recreated global architectural icons, Jia Zhangke's The World offers a mesmerising allegory of desire, globalisation and urban life. Synder's artwork portrays a Romanian oligarch’s fantastical construction of the ranch from the American TV show Dallas.
A Panel Discussion Exploring the Future of Architectural Education chaired by Robert Mull.
An experimental investigation of modernity via architectural form, Emigholz’ employs his signature ‘frame tale’ of moving photographs to produce an abstracted visual essay, forensically observing architectures of power and ideologies made concrete. We are delighted to present the film's UK premiere, accompanied by a Q&A with the director.
In Autumn 2014 The Architecture Foundation's Urban Pioneers programme is heading to Thamesmead, where we will be working with a group of young people to make a film that investigates the local built environment and issues it faces.
As part of Spotlight's summer holiday programme, The Architecture Foundation worked with a group of young people who live or study around Poplar to critically explore the area through a series of free creative workshops.
A survey through film of global informal design strategies and the critical socio-economic circumstances that have led to self-initiated and semi-legal adaptations of abandoned buildings in South America. Plus a Q&A with interdisciplinary design studio Urban-Think Tank's Alfredo Brillembourg and Daniel Schwarz, chaired by writer and curator Justin McGuirk.
An intriguing, behind-the-scenes report of a competition between star architects Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster who have been invited to put forward designs for the future National Museum of Art of Andorra.
An evening exploring the refurbishment of the Bois le Prêtre tower in Paris, France, by Lacaton and Vassal with Frédéric Druot, through the UK premiere of a new feature length documentary about the building process using the voices of its inhabitants. The screening will be accompanied by a Q&A with the director.
A panel discussion exploring the future of 'designing with parameters', featuring a group of architects working with parameter tools in their daily practice.
A talk by Founder and Director of Exploration Micheal Pawlyn exploring the projects featured in the exhibition, followed by a discussion with a group of multi-disciplinary respondents.
For winter 2014 the Urban Pioneers programme is heading to Derry~Londonderry, the first national location for the programme.
A selection of short films from the Polish filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczynski, pioneer of experimental animated films and multimedia, accompanied by an introductory lecture by Theo Lorenz.
An evening panel discussion exploring village halls and other rural public buildings, featuring the current development of the Coniston Cricket Pavilion.
An afternoon session exploring the reality of running a farm, husbandry and conservation policies.
An evening panel discussion exploring shops and trade, local production and trans-local economies.
The Palestinian Centre for Architectural Conservation in Palestine present a project in Birzeit village by Yara Sharif and Nasser Golzari for Riwaq.
An informal afternoon session to present and brainstorm ideas and ambitions for the development of places in the countryside that visitors have, have a link to, or might want to develop.
The Architecture Foundation is working with ten local young people to investigate Elephant and Castle, its built environment and the challenges it faces.
The AF’s headline lecture and trans-disciplinary dialogue will this year present New York-based architect Peter Marino in conversation with fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
Architecture on Film: Italy – The New Domestic Landscape, MoMA, 1972 + Q&A with Gaetano Pesce and Peter LangThurs 28 November 2013, 7pm
Experimental films from Italy’s 70s design avant-garde (Joe Colombo, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Gaetano Pesce, Superstudio and more) gain a rare showing on the big screen, accompanied by a special Q&A with designer and architect, Gaetano Pesce and design historian and curator, Peter Lang.
Join the Adaptation Lab for a relaxed lunchtime gathering in which Jeffrey Inaba, Founder of INABA and Director at C-Lab, will lead a live online conversation with Philippe Rahm.
A panel discussion bringing into dialogue leading voices from architecture, technology, urban development, computing and engineering to discuss the future of technology in our cities.
Join the Adaptation Lab for a relaxed lunchtime gathering in which Benedict Clouette (C-Lab Research Coordinator) will lead a live online conversation with Jürgen Mayer H.
Jeffrey Inaba, Founder, INABA; Director, Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab), will present C-Lab’s ongoing research into the relationship between technology and the built environment.
An evening exploring future visions for agricultural land use, in discussion with a select panel of speakers.
The London School of Architecture's first social event hosted in the AF Project Space.
The AF and BlackGrout lead a discussion exploring alternative avenues for architectural education.
An evening with BlackGrout exploring future paths for recent architecture graduates.
An evening exploring the projects displayed in the Futures in the Making exhibition, in discussion with the participating graduates and respondents.
A portrait of London through the eyes of artist, filmmaker and avant-garde hero John Smith, who will be with us on the evening to discuss his work and the capital, with celebrated film historian and curator, Ian Christie.
Culture + Commerce: If I Had a Hammer... Our DIY Future – Are Cohousing and Self-Build the Answer to our Domestic Woes?Weds 18 September 2013, 7pm
Can't afford to get on the property ladder? Perhaps building your own future is way forward. Featuring LILAC leeds, the UK's first affordable ecological cohousing project, and Hab Housing, a developer of sustainable housing with a strong focus on the custom build market, established by Kevin McCloud, and architect Silvia Ullmayer.
Culture + Commerce: Appropriate Measures – Can Established Planning and Preservation Measures be Adapted to Protect More Radical Forms of Culture?Weds 11 September 2013 7pm
Can the Southbank Skatepark be saved, by registering it as a Village Green? Can the London Pub be preserved through UNESCO World Heritage status? An exploration of the creative legal loopholes that might be employed to stall the city's mall-ification.
Culture + Commerce – Money Talks: Can we (re)design economic systems to preserve the city as a site of experimentation?Mon 9 September 2013 7pm
Can the logic of markets be re-routed to help create an economic platform for alternative businesses? Can currency itself be used as an urban agent? And how can we make permanent the spirit of 'meanwhile' projects? Something & Son (FARM:Shop) and Josh Ryan-Collins (The Brixton Pound / New Economics Foundation) discuss free trade zones and alternative currencies.
A collaborative project with emerging Finnish architects, Aarti, Ollila & Ristola to design and build a permanent Floating Viewpoint structure for Camley Street Natural Park in London’s King’s Cross.
Celebrated urban innovator Liz Ogbu presents the Design for Reuse Primer and discusses how design can impact upon social change, and how architecture as a discipline might further expand its boundaries and capacities, in a rare UK lecture. Following her presentation, Liz will be joined in conversation by Professor Robert Mull, The Cass.
Visit the AF and then enjoy relaxed drinks and sample food from London's up-and-coming restaurant entrepreneurs in our rooftop Skyroom this summer.
'Superuse' materials and
objects of your own choosing as DIY loudspeakers, in this special workshop with
Technology Will Save Us.
An evening exploring the mythology of the legendary Drop City, through the UK premiere of a new feature length documentary on the 60s geodesic countercultural commune and its inhabitants' dreams of creating a new civilization on the scrapheap of a wasteful society, and a 1968 BBC documentary identifying Drop City as a utopia on earth.
The final event in the And The Winner Is..? series investigates the purpose and impact of architectural festivals and biennales.
Jan Jongert, co-founder and Head of Research at Superuse Studios, presents the InsideFlows project alongside his practice's ongoing and investigations into “superusing available flows and resources and connecting them into urban ecosystems.”
The second event in the And The Winner Is..? events series investigates the purpose and impact of architectural prize giving, including contributions from the Pritzker, Aga Khan, Holcim and RIBA awards.
In a live introduction and Q&A, film-makers Gabu Heindl and Drehli Robnik present their research project mapping the appearance of architectural models across narrative cinema; taking us on a historical journey through architecture's filmic caricature, charting the model as an unsung, supporting character.
A look at three of the world’s most anticipated grand urban cultural projects, to critically explore the use of architecture and art in urban development strategies. With Ateliers Jean Nouvel, WORKac, Foster + Partners and more.
Following five fast and furious weeks of research and debate at The Open Office, We Made That reflect upon the project and attempt to draw conclusions on key issues facing accessible and socially engaged urban practices into the future.
Michelle Provoost brings an international perspective to The Open Office’s exploration of the relationships between communities and urban planning.
Join "The Open Office" to watch William H. Whyte's charming and witty observations of public space in 1980s New York.
Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, King of New York) turns his lens on a different kind of urban violence from his usual - in this end-of-an-era portrait of the legendary Hotel Chelsea at the moment of its brutal shift from bohemian sanctuary to boutique hotel. Plus, footage of the Chelsea from artist, filmmaker, and former resident, Jonas Mekas.
9.30am – 1pm
The And The Winner Is..? events series kicked off with a morning of discussion and investigation into architectural competitions.
As part of The Architecture Foundation's 2013 education programme, the Urban Pioneers are going to Croydon.
A site-specific one-night only installation from experimental electronic musical duo Emptyset, exploring the relationship between sound and space, architecture and music.
A night at the museum, documenting two world-leading, yet very different, museums (the Pompidou and the Inujima 'art island') through the lenses of two of cinema and art's greatest filmmakers: Roberto Rossellini and Fiona Tan.
The AF’s headline lecture and trans-disciplinary meeting of minds this year sees Diller Scofidio + Renfro founding partner Liz Diller in conversation with artist Christian Marclay.
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A double bill of films exploring life on the street. The incredible Streetwise – a 1984 documentary on street kids in America's 'most liveable city' – meets William Raban's contemporary invocation of Charles Dickens' nocturnal promenades of urban London.
In Autumn 2012 a group of young cartographers are going to explore the built environment of Marylebone to create a new conceptual atlas of place.
Rachel Pimm welcomes the public into her inhabitation of Three Little Worlds, with an evening performance exploring imaginary worlds and new forms of society, via a troupe of method-acting actors.
Three Little Worlds hosts artist Rachel Pimm for a week-long residency, exploring living as performance and architecture as a stage set.
An award winning film documenting 'Warhol of the Web' Josh Harris' prescient millenial experiments into a life lived in public and mediated through technology, programmed in response to Three Little World's investigations into the performative potential of architecture.
Celebrated architectural cartoonist and satirist Klaus Toons presents and exhibits his work within Three Little Worlds' alternate universe.
In a programme curated by The Architecture Foundation together with local architecture practice Squire and Partners, the King's Cross neighbourhood will come alive from 6-8 July with a series of 'Urban Actions' aimed to improve our city.
Subtitled 'An Architectural Graphic Novel,' join us for conversation and drinks at the UK book launch for Jimenez Lai's architectural manifesto. In the midst of his AF installation, Lai will present his book and wider work, in conversation with Sam Jacob, FAT.
As part of The Architecture Foundation's 2012 education programme, the Urban Pioneers are coming to Heathrow.
Three Little Worlds: Benjamin Critton – Sad People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films Slumber PartyThurs 28 June 2012 7pm till late
New York based graphic designer Critton holds a live research session, discussion and movie marathon for his forthcoming project, tentatively titled Sad People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films. Bring your own sleeping bag.
Owen Hatherley presents and previews his forthcoming book, A New Kind Of Bleak - Journeys Through Urban Britain, in discussion with Fran Tonkiss, Director of the Cities Programme, London School of Economics.
Architecture on Film: Living in the City of Tomorrow / Die Bauten Adolf Hitlers + Q&A with Deyan Sudjic and Marian EngelTues 29 May 2012 7pm
In response to the Barbican Art Gallery's major Bauhaus: Art as Life exhibition, Architecture on Film brings you a double bill of films exploring the changing relationship between modernism and power, and the UK Premiere of Living In The City of Tommorrow (Leben in der Stadt von Morgen).
Exhibition curators Nanne de Ru of Powerhouse Company and Hans Ibelings explore the themes of the exhibition and launch a new publication resulting from its research, in conversation with Alice Fung (00:/), Christopher Choa (AECOM), chaired by Peter Buchanan, author of Architecture Review's The Big Rethink.
'If You Build It' is a new thematic series of Architecture + Art discussions exploring the confluence of architecture and art as agents of urban change in newly built gallery and museum projects across the world. The series opens with an off-site event at the recently opened Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, with a tour of the building and an explorative panel discussion, chaired by Tom Dyckhoff.
Edited by The AF and designed by Work +Play, South Kilburn Studios: Notes on an Experiment, documents the creation and life of South Kilburn Studios.
An essay-film from polemical Berlin-based musician, and filmmaker, Christian Von Borries, which we are delighted to be bringing to the UK for its first screening, within the context of the SHIFTS exhibition. Shots of Dubai combine with footage from Second Life, real estate promotional videos, and quotations from Jacques Ranciere to probe boom-town Dubai and the global business of city-making.
Six Teams. One Day. Zero Computers. An exhibition of results from six architect and lighting designer teams to the Architects' Journal's design challenge to transform live sites on Peckham’s Rye Lane.
An exhibition of the three shortlisted designs selected for the inmidtown Habitats Competition will go on display at Central Saint Giles - the new Renzo Piano development in central London.
Joachim Declerck and Dirk Sijmons explore the Biennale's working methods as both a cultural operator and a platform for research and development, with a focus on its current work in Istanbul. The event will be chaired by Beatrice Galilee.
Celebrate the pubication of the third and fourth instalments of the SuperCrit books Series with Richard Rogers and Bernard Tschumi.
New York’s original generation of graffiti artists meet their accidentally avant-garde civic counterparts – or competitors – in this double bill exploring legal and illegal use of the city as an urban canvas.
As part of The Architecture Foundation's 2012 education programme, the Urban Pioneers are coming to Willesden Green.
The AF Project Space becomes an endorphin-stimulating sonic topography, in a one-night only installation from artist Sam Griffin, in collaboration with musicians Guy Wood and Jo Wills. This event launches Sounding Space - a new series of events exploring the relationship between sound and space and architecture and music, at the AF.
The AF’s headline lecture and trans-disciplinary meeting of minds this year sees OMA / AMO founding partner Rem Koolhaas in conversation with Tate Director, Sir Nicholas Serota.
The final event in our series of live institutional retrospectives for our 20th anniversary, sees Rowan Moore in conversation with Liza Fior.
The Architecture Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary with a graphic commission for its windows, by Helios Capdevila.
A pair of personal responses to the movie capital’s other painted backdrops from two of the world’s greatest documentary filmmakers, exploring the city’s mural culture over 30 years. Introduced by Stuart Comer, Curator of Film, Tate Modern.
An evening of presentation and discussion from the five practices shortlisted for the Autodesk Young Architect of the Year Award 2011, in partnership with Building Design.
Longmeg, the band of artists Edwin Burdis and Kieron Livingstone, closes Just the Flip Side of the Wall with an audio-visual response to the installation, the city and London.
A live ‘issue’ of the Paper for Emerging Architectural Research (P.E.A.R).
To showcase their winning ideas and to celebrate the completion of their summer internships, this year's winners Holly Hayward and Ben Reynolds will star in an exhibition and talk exploring the KPF/AF Student Travel Award 2011.
Just The Flipside becomes a 24 hour shop from graphic knitwear duo, Cooperative Designs.
A literary response to Post Work's exploration of the city as stage set, and the flip side of urban life, with author, Don't Tell Stories founder and former editor of Dazed and Confused, Rachel Newsome.
Rem Koolhaas’s 1960s cinematic exploits gain their UK Premiere. We are delighted to announce that the screening will be introduced by Shumon Basar and Rem Koolhaas, in person.
Melissa Appleton, Matthew Butcher and Edwin Burdis anthropomorphise the city in a psychadelic film and sound work - the trio's first major collaboration.
To celebrate their time at South Kilburn Studios the trainees will be putting on a final exhibition showcasing the work that they have created over their time at the studios.
Following successful multidisciplinary education programmes across London, The Architecture Foundation delivered the Urban Pioneers Alumni Programme in South Kilburn during August and September 2011.
A morning launch of a publication documenting and critically expanding upon the AF's November 2010 symposium, Faith in the City. With discussion led by James Pallister, Architects' Journal, and the first screening of a short documentary on last year's symposium.
For the second in a series of presentations celebrating The AF's 20th anniversary, former Director Lucy Musgrave will present key projects from the AF Archive alongside a panel of past collaborators including Professor Robert Mull, Mark Fisher, Andreas Whittam Smith, and Peter Bishop.
An exhibition of new ideas for New Holland Island, a unique 8-hectare site in the heart of historic St Petersburg, is on show at the new Naval Museum directly opposite the Island.
An exhibition of new ideas for New Holland Island, a unique 8-hectare site in the heart of historic St Petersburg, is on show at the new Naval Museum directly opposite the Island.
The second part of the 20 Houses: a New Residential Landscape series looks at residential retreat solutions that let nature take the lead and provide the formal and programmatic inspiration, with emerging practices from Ireland, USA and the UK, debating real world commissions and fanasy architecture.
The first part of the 20 Houses: a New Residential Landscape series will focus on designs that integrate house and landscape, with presentations from Swiss, Dutch and UK-based practices from Wallpaper*s 2011 Architects Directory.
As part of The Architecture Foundation's 2011 education programme, young people studying at Bacon's College collaborated with a series creative professionals to explore Canada Water's built environment and urban public space.
A day of ideas and debate at the RSA, as the seven shortlisted schemes from the RSA and AF's Call for Ideas about the future uses of architecture are presented to a public audience and expert panel.
The AF's founding Director reflects upon the beginnings of the Foundation and his tenure, alongside a panel of past collaborators including Amanda Levete, Lord Richard Rogers, Tony Travers and Sir Peter Hall.
Tony Fretton, Sam Jacob and Kieran Long debate the role of buildings as objects of design, criticism and use - through the lens of the Leicester Engineering Building.
London based Carl Turner Architects are exhibiting their installation "Home from Home" at MUDE - the Design and Fashion Museum of Lisbon - as part of ‘New Architects: Portugal_UK' an international exchange programme delivered by the The Architecture Foundation, in partnership with the British Council, Ordem Dos Arquitectos and MUDE.
An evening of live performance, DJs and conversation, exploring the city musically, architecturally and experientially through the lens of the Musicity project. With Paul Morley, David Adjaye, Peter Adjaye, Dr Michael Bull, Nick Luscombe, Ski Oakenfull, Palmskin Productions and Vicky Richardson.